Sherman Harold Tom Sun III arrived just in time to become the first baby born in Long Beach at the Cherese Mari Laulhere BirthCare Center at MemorialCare Miller Children’s & Women’s Hospital Long Beach in 2020. Coming into the world at 2:51 a.m., he is the first child of Jennifer and Sherman Jr., residents of San Pedro, Calif.  

“We have been in the hospital since Sunday, Dec. 29, and our due date wasn’t until January 5, so we didn’t think he was going to come on January 1,” said Jennifer Tom Sun.  “We thought he was taking his time, but we were so excited when we learned that we were the first baby of the New Year for Miller Children’s & Women’s.”

In celebration of having the hospital’s first baby of the year, Jennifer and Sherman Jr. received a special “First Baby Basket” — stuffed with onesies, booties, newborn clothing, receiving blankets, diapers and gifts for the new parents — from the care team at Miller Children’s & Women’s.

Whether a pregnancy is routine or high-risk, the Cherese Mari Laulhere BirthCare Center at Miller Children’s & Women’s has experts to care for mom and baby under the same roof. Unique for a hospital, maternal-fetal medicine specialists and neonatologists are on-site 24/7, so if a delivery isn’t routine, the baby is moved just down the hall to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit to receive specialized care.

With exceptional programs, expert care teams and high-quality care, nearly 6,000 families trust Miller Children’s & Women’s to safely deliver their babies every year.